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Imperial Glass - Part 14
IMPERIAL – Part 14
Purple BLAZE 8 in. Bowl.
BLAZE Pattern - Page 157- Jan. 1909 - Imperial General Catalog.
Marigold BLAZE - 9 in. Bowl.
BLAZE Bowl: This pattern is mistaken for Crabclaw in some instances. Clambroth, purple and marigold examples are known in 8”- 9” and 10” sizes. None of the colors are plentiful. In fact, purple examples should be considered quite scarce! They can be ice cream shape or ruffled. The smaller berry size bowl is 5”-6” in diameter. Another of the carry-over exterior geometric designs from the earlier crystal glass era, they are intriguing and quite lovely, since they offer a matching design within the marie. Later patterns developed specifically for carnival glass lacked a marie pattern in many cases.
CRABCLAW 11 in. Bowl - Marigold - Courtesy Seeck Auctions.
CRABCLAW Bowl: This is one Imperial pattern which has not been reproduced. An April 1912 Butler Brothers Wholesale Catalog listed a marigold water pitcher in the pattern, so we can believe the Master and Small berry bowls come from that same timeframe. The larger bowl is known in marigold, purple, helios and smoke. Small bowls are known in marigold, purple, helios and cobalt blue. Carl O. Burns reports a rare single example of a tall, sharply tapered shape, best described as an inverted funnel, suggesting that its intended purpose was for use as a decanter, minus stopper.
BROKEN ARCHES Fruit Bowl and base -10.75 in.tall x 13 in. diameter.
Bowl - appears to be vaseline base glass.
BROKEN ARCHES: is an interesting pattern and somewhat scarce among the many geometric designs from Imperial. Some of the bowls and cups have a smooth interior, while others offer a ribbed interior design. The iridized versions of this pattern appeared in the wholesale catalogs in 1911, with a curious number: Snap-14. Marigold and purple are the standard colors. This vaseline example of a fruit bowl and base are quite a step away from the “norm”. The pattern always commands attention in an auction unless the finish is of a dull, silvery, gun-metal type iridescence, detracting from usual values.
Broken Arches Update - December 26, 2016
On the way home from the HOACGA 2015 convention Carol and I made a couple of side trips to some of our favorite haunts for searching for carnival glass. At the very first little shop we entered, we were shocked to see displayed directly in the front entrance, this gorgeous Broken Arches Fruit Bowl and Base. “Must be a re-issue” was my first thought…the second shock was to determine it actually was an original production. As I lifted the price tag, the 3rd shock hit me. In the past the punch set has sold for upwards of 2-3 thousand dollars but recent price ranges are in the $600 to $800 price range. I have found no sales referrals for the Fruit Set, although they might have been sold as a punch set as they are somewhat similar in appearance and size. This fruit set was priced at $89, a bargain in anyone’s book!! My fourth and final shock came when Carol asked for a discount and an additional $10 was taken off the asking price. We quickly asked the shop owner to wrap it up...It was going home with us. Original Cost in a 1911 catalog for a punchbowl was $1.25 which included  cups!! I first thought we had bought a punch bowl and base; my thanks to Diane Fry for correcting me.
Broken Arches Punch Bowls and Fruit Sets are known in only two colors, marigold and purple. I have no other to compare with ours but it has all-over blue iridescence with red tones added to the interior concentric circles. I have read the interior in the marigold sets is known to be plain but the purple punch bowls have  alternating plain and stippled “concentric circles” and vertical Smooth Rays ringing the interior. This Fruit Set is magnificent in its deep purple color and blue iridescence. It stands 9-3/4” Tall and 12” Diameter.
My old dad had a saying he often used when emphasizing a special find at a bargain price… “That Old Blind Sow Found an Acorn”… I believe that aptly fits our latest find.
FASHION Whimsey in Smoke - made from Tumbler.
FASHION tumbler whimsey: Always dubious about “altered shapes”; this one not being listed, nor mentioned in accounts surrounding the Fashion pattern, viewers can draw their own conclusions as to its “authenticity from the factory floor?”
LONG HOBSTAR - 10 in. Fruit Bowl -Purple.
Courtesy Seeck Auctions.
LONG HOBSTAR Fruit Bowl Interior - Purple.
LONG HOBSTAR Fruit Bowl.
HOBSTAR and ARCHES base - 104A.
LONG HOBSTAR: Fruit bowls in marigold, helios, purple, smoke. The base used with this 11”-12” fruit bowl is Hobstar and Arches. 8”-9” bowls in marigold, helios and purple are known in this pattern.
TWINS Fruit Bowl & HOBSTAR & ARCHES Base - Smoke.
Courtesy Remmen Auctions - Sold for $1600. 6-09.
Update January 3, 2016
This is a Twins Fruit Bowl base in smoke.
Courtesy of Colin Knowles
Imperial Cat. #104A - TWINS Fruit Bowl and Base.
TWINS Fruit Bowl/LONG HOBSTAR Base: These bowls are rather plentiful in marigold, as are the bases. Since smoke is quite an elusive color in this pattern, the owner utilized a Long Hobstar base while searching for the proper base. (smile)
9”-10” and 5”-6” berry bowls are to be found in Twins pattern. Marigold, helios, and smoke are the colors to watch for.
A word regarding MARKETING: With the stated option in the catalog ads regarding fruit / punch bowls: with or without base, please consider that there would have been some unsold bases from time to time. This would prompt any marketing effort to sell off the surplus in whatever mode available! This is the reason for ill-matched bowls / bases from time to time. You can believe that extra bases would not have been scrapped.
ROYALTY Fruit Bowl and Base with cups. Sold for $425. Wroda-1-10.
ROYALTY : If you’ve ever tried to serve punch from other than a round bowl, you can understand the apparent misnomer in calling a ruffled bowl, a punch bowl? (A stickler for maintaining common sense in all things, having punch dribbling out of ruffles like these is beyond belief.) The cups circulated around before the few known bowls surfaced. To each his own, but: as we see it, the ruffled FRUIT bowls do not require CUPS.
The Jan. 1909 Imperial Catalog-page 126 displays a 10 ½” and a 12” round punch bowl. They could be purchased with or without a base.
Confusing to say the very least! This is likely the reason they never bring large sums of money, even when a set at times can include 12-15 cups!! Less than $500. will purchase a “set”. The bottom line with this one is very likely much the same as with Stork in Rushes. The fruit bowl was never intended to have a base, and since there seem to be an abundance of cups, they may have been intended for custard cups?
Dean & Diane Fry – 1-10
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith,
So that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity,
but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease;
whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophecy in part.
But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
For now we see in a mirror, dimply, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13)
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